The SJ comes from, Samuel Joseph. My Mother picked those names out of the Bible. I imagine she felt giving her illegitimate son two biblical names would lead him to a life of divinity. Boy, did that backfire?
My initial break from poverty came the way it comes for most poor kids, through criminal activity. I was twenty-four the first time I went to prison – three years in the Maryland House of Correction. Twenty four years later – one hundred and one-months in federal prison. Obviously, I hadn’t learned how to keep myself out of prison. I wrote all about it in my memoir: “Bicycle Bandit: Ride to Redemption.” The feds named me the bicycle bandit because I made my initial escape from my bank robberies on a bicycle. Those not familiar with the case thought I stole bicycles for a living. Check out the Overview “Bicycle Bandit” page…
Until I publish the book, and even afterwards, I’m going to share the leadership principles I wrote about in the book. Principles that have made my life so much more rewarding, principles I know can do the same for others. If you already have a good life, let’s make it great. I’m going to share these goodies in the form of blog post on this website as well as YouTube videos. In order to avoid insulting your intelligence, I won’t try and tell you what to do, that’s a personal decision, but I will tell you that whatever you choose to do, this stuff can’t help but help. I know how high a mountain an ex-offender must climb – I know because I’ve made that climb myself. Now, I want to help others make it. And, if you’re not an ex-offender, you’re way ahead of the game. Ex-offender or upstanding citizen, these friendly leadership reminders have the power to catapult you to the top of whatever heap you’re on.
I wrote all about it in my memoir: “Bicycle Bandit: Ride to Redemption.” The feds named me the bicycle bandit because I made my initial escape from my bank robberies on a bicycle. Those not familiar with the case thought I stole bicycles for a living.
No worries, I’m not selling anything. I haven’t published the book, and I’m not sure I ever will. There may be no need to publish my personal story if I can get my points across through blog post. I assure you, my motives are pure. I selfishly love to see people succeed. Especially, the underdog. I know how high a mountain an ex-offender must climb – I know, because I’ve made that climb, now, I want to help others make it.
During my eight years behind bars, I spent every available moment (and there were plenty) studying leadership and interpersonal relationship skills – still do. It’s the best way I know of keeping myself in tune, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I took college courses and computer training behind bars as well, but as great as those courses were, they didn’t compare to the self-leadership principles I learned and practiced while incarcerated. Those principles were the winning edge when it came to rebuilding my life after my release. The achievements I accomplished once I became a free man would have never taken place without them. Now, with your cooperation, I would like to share those principles with you.